RYAN LANGTON: ENGLAND UNIVERSITIES 4 NATIONS RECRUIT!
Ryan Langton is a respected and well known figure within the Grassroots level of Rugby League. Ryan has featured for a variety of clubs across Hull and for England students in his playing days to date. Alongside roles within the community for Hull FC, Ryan was recently called up to be a part of the England Universities 4 Nations squad. Here’s what Ryan had to say to GRM SPORT:
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How did you fall in love with Rugby League and how did it kickstart your journey?
" I started very young around 5 years old and it was just something to do. I started to enjoy the game more and more as I grew older just wanting to play with friends. Unfortunately the group friends I played with fell out of love with the game very early meaning I had to change club. This unknowingly for me was probably the change I needed to kick start my competitiveness in the sport playing with and against a higher level of player.
You moved to West Hull, why was that and how has that helped your development?
“ I moved to West Hull at under 17s due to a large group of my team being signed professional and I didn’t feel I was ready to play a year above myself. The opportunity to play at Under 17s was only really available at West Hull but again another change I maybe needed to spark my competitiveness again returning from an ACL injury which kept me out of most of my Under 16s season
During the 2018 campaign for West Hull, the team reached the NCL Grand Final and despite defeat, what was the mood like in reflection of the season?
“I think we all thought it was a step back in the right direction. With a cup competition win already under our belts and so close to a league title it sparked us into the team we are this year hoping to improve on last years success.
You played for Hull FC at scholarship level, how did you find that as a challenge?
” I found it very challenging, playing with a different group of players with different structure and different coaching staff lead to different expectations. I personally didn’t agree with all these changes especially when it was trying to change my style of play but after a while I could see their reasons and understood how these changes would help me progress.
You played for Hull University's Rugby League team and in third year of participation was named the captain of first team, what did you find out about yourself as a leader?
” It was the second time I’d been captain with me captaining Skirlaugh when I was younger. I tried to lead by example and help everyone when I could on and off the field.
Having been called up for the England University Students squad on several occasions, what was like it to be recognised for your country and then play in a fixture?
“It was a great achievement, in my first year I didn’t quite make the cut in reaching a 4 nations and then a shoulder injury kept me out in my second year so to final reach the 4 nations in my third year was brilliant. I am now preparing for another 4 nations where I hope we can replicate last years success.
Finally, what is your role in the community alongside Hull FC?
” My role currently is Head of Education. In this role I head to Hull FC College where we currently have 25 lads attending regularly on our Rugby League academy program. I expect these numbers to rise over the next year or so with the announcement of COHA splitting.